Grit Lit 4 line up announced!

Grit Lit presents the following writers for the upcoming December 3rd event:

John O’Donoghue with an extract from Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray) which won this year’s Mind Book of the Year award.

Louise Halvardsson, who won the Young Adult Fiction newcomer award in her native Sweden in 2007, reading her surreal shorty story Suicidal Girlfriends.

London based writer, Dan Holloway from underground writers’ collective Year Zero, reading a truly gritty short from his Razorblades anthology.

Brighton based writer and poet, Akila, has had her short stories published in Penguin’s Eleven Years anthology and has been on tour supporting her work in anthology, RED. Her poignant extracts catalogue aspects of African lives.

Erinna Mettler, up and coming Brighton writer reading Underneath, a short story about relationships and vintage underwear…

Australian writer, Rob Paraman, a contributor to Westcoast Magazine, Cutting Teeth, and Queenspark anthology, Alt History, reading a hilarious extract from his novel Having the Glide.

And your hosts:

Amy Riley, journalist (Trash Menagerie, K-Mag) and short story writer (Queenspark), reading an extract from her novel in progress.

Tim Lay, award winning novelist whose new book Nibs: A Collection of Short Stories is now available from Callio Press, reading a short story set in the wild west (Devon!) during the free party years of the early 90’s.

Grit Lit wins award!

Grit Lit voted Best Literature event at the Latest 7 Brighton festival awards!!

We knew it had been a good night. 7 quality writers, one sparkly suited compere, no seats left in the house…

But we were flabbergasted when the event was nominated for… and then won Best Literature Event at the Latest 7 Brighton Festival awards.

So, big shout to all the writers on the Grit Lit roster and the crowd that continues to support the event so well!

Next event planned for November. Details will appear when we have them.

Read more about the Latest 7 2010 Brighton Festival & Fringe awards here:

GritLit does the Fringe…

Redroaster (St James St), May 13th. 7.45pm – 10pm.  A very consumer friendly £5 entry!

Tickets available from the Brighton Festival office and on the door (Please arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Expect to slide on the bloody floor of an 18th century hospital, journey to a hippy commune infested with rats, raise a tin to a Brighton supermarket showdown and experience the remoteness of life spent living off grid in Wales’ green desert…

Seven rising stars on the literary scene conspire to bring you their edgiest tales. Dave Swann, Ross Sutherland, Tim Lay, Amy Riley, Caroline Rance, Neil Ansell and Jake Kennedy line up to serve up some Lit with true Grit.

Two of the writers celebrate the release of fresh short story collections; Tim Lay with NIBS (Discovered Authors) and Dave Swann The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press). Caroline Rance reads from Kill- Grief published by Brighton publishers Picnic. Special guest is Ross Sutherland, the poet comic who has been making waves since being heralded as one of 2008’s Top Ten Literary Stars by The Times.

See y’all there!

Grit Lit No 3 – Brighton Festival Fringe 2010

An evening of short stories with an edge. With Grit Lit’s reputation for uncompromising fiction from established writers and emerging talents….you definitely won’t be quietly drifting off.

Grit Lit No 3: Thursday 13 May 2010, doors 7.45pm, readings 8pm-10pm, with one intermission in the middle.

May’s programme: our list of writers will be confirmed by the end of March.

The night will also feature an eclectic soundtrack to mirror each short story: drum n bass, yacht-rock, Atari music, fidget house, swing, garage and Toto fit last December’s bill.

The Red Roaster Coffee House has a licensed bar and the best hot chocolate in town.

Buy your ticket below:


Grit Lit No 2 press release – 3 December 2009, Red Roaster, Brighton

Eight writers throw down their sharpest tales. They include Isabel Ashdown, Tim Lay, Amy Riley, Chris Callard, Ed Siegel, Jake Kennedy, Emma Gray and Tara Gould.

GRIT LIT is especially pleased to present Isabel Ashdown, whose critically acclaimed and award-winning first novel Glasshopper (Myriad Editions) tells the story of 13-year-old Jake, growing up in 1980s Portsmouth, and his tragically alcoholic mother Mary and how their family struggle to hold together despite the mistakes of the past and the pressures of the present.

Expect tales of drugs and gangsters at the Marina, a bereaving mother who becomes possessed, a missing person hunt throughout Brazil’s poverty-stricken favelas, a black artist in New York whose downward spiral lands him in the city’s infamous Sing-Sing prison, and more.

This distinctly un-luvvy event takes place at the Red Roaster Coffee House in Brighton on Thursday 3rd December, 7.45pm – 10pm. Admission is £5. Licensed bar and the best hot chocolate in town. 1d St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE

For more information about GRIT LIT, please contact:

Tim Lay /Amy Riley

Featured writers

Isabel Ashdown

Isabel’s first novel Glasshopper won the  2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. She is the recipient of the Hugo Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Isabel lives in Chichester with her husband and two children and is currently working on her second novel.

Tim Lay 

Author of The Sewerside Chronicles, winner of the 2007 Undiscovered Authors prize. Featured in anthologies for QueenSpark and Phoenix Publishing, Zero Tolerance, a collection of his short stories is published by Discovered Authors in spring 2010.

Amy Riley

Contributor to various electronic music sites including UK drum n bass/bass-heavy site Knowledge, New York-based Trash Menagerie, and editor for Brighton Fusion. She is also a short story writer (QueenSpark Books) and her art essays and features have appeared in various publications and websites. Her monthly literary show Writers Hub comes out on Radio Reverb 97.2FM.

Chris Callard

Chris has had stories published in Aesthetica magazine, a short story anthology from Earlyworks Press and in 3AM Magazine and Dogmatika.

Jake Kennedy

Former music journalist and writer of the acclaimed biography Division And The Making of Unknown Pleasure, Jake now writes fiction which can be found on his popular blog and in Hyperkinetic, the upcoming short story anthology from Phoenix Publishing.

Ed Siegle

Novelist and writer of numerous short stories, including “On The Level” published in The Illustrated Brighton Moment anthology and “Nine Lives, One Life, which won the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize.

Tara Gould

Writes short stories and plays. She has won two awards for her short fiction and has had plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She runs Short Fuse, a short fiction cabaret, at Komedia and in Hastings.

Emma Gray

Emma is a short story writer whose writing reveals and unnerves; her stories give a glimpse into off-kilter realities with completely honest characters. Be prepared to flinch. She is currently working on her first novel.

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